Snowflake Corner Frame
Here's the card I made, and the details of how I did it. I hope you find it inspiring!
So, I know that many of us are working on our holiday cards right now, so I thought I'd make one for this post. I used the Snowflake Corner Frame die that just came out in the Holiday 2021 Release that I fell in love with. I immediately envisoned a stained glass effect and went to work.
I started by cutting up some Neenah / Classic Crest Solar White card stock with the Snowflake Corner Frame die. I used 80 pound here because we're in the middle of a move, and 90% of my crafty supplies are still in boxes, so I worked with what I could find. But I recommend using 110 pound, because that way you don't have to cut as many layers. I also cut a final layer out of some silver foil card stock I found in my scrap drawer to use as the top layer.
I applied one of the frames to a scrap piece of paper and then layered all the frames (excluding one white frame, and the silver frame) on top of each other so as to build a well. See that dimension?
Now for the fun and messy part. I grabbed a bottle of Glossy Accents and some Shimmer Powder. I used Nuvo's Violet Brocade which is my favorite - it has pops of blue, purple, violet and pink. Absolutely gorgeous! You can do this one of three ways...
- You can fill a well with some Glossy Accents first, then sprinkle a pinch of the Shimmer Powder on top of it. Then, use a pin to mix it in / swirl the powder around. (Gives a cool swirly effect)
- You can first sprinkle the shimmer powder and then add the glossy accents on top and then mix it up. (You can get a swirly effect out of this one too)
3. You can take a tiny empty squeeze bottle, pour some glossy accents in there, and add as much Shimmer Powder you want, and then mix it all up, and then squeeze it into the wells.
I used a combo of all three methods up there, and I think I've discovered that I like the swirly effect, so I may stick to options 1 and 2. I will definitely keep a backup of the 3rd option for when I don't have time to get messy or swirly.
So, then, I ended up with the hot mess that you see here:
I waited for the glossy accents to dry, and then used the leftover white frame and layered it on top to cover the messy portions. Actually, you can take advantage of the glossy accents that spilled out and use it as glue to stick the last leftover frame, but I was too nervous about accidentally getting my fingers in there or messing it up, so I waited for it to dry. I also layered the silver frame on top and ended up with this:
Brownie points for anyone who sees the flaws! Here, let me help you if you don't:
So, here's something I didn't consider before I started this card. Glossy Accents warp cardstock when you use a large quantity, and it happened even more so here because I used 80 pound cardstock versus 110 or higher. Totally my bad. I tried to fix the "warpage" and I ended up cracking the Glossy Accents. <Woe is me> I almost tossed the whole project and planned to start over, but I'd put in so much effort already that I decided to just keep going and find a way to cover it up somehow. The other flaw was that some of the wells didn't have enough glossy accents. This was easier to fix - all I had to do was use that ready-made mix of Glossy Accents + Shimmer Powder and squirt it in there, and it was mess free too!
Anyway, I ended up finding a piece of vellum in my scrap drawer, and I also had the newly released Small Freestyle Merry Christmas craft die, so I cut out the sentiment using the same silver cardstock and put it on the vellum and attached it to the frame and covered up the cracks. Disaster averted (well, hidden from plain sight, more like)!
I stuck this frame to a card, and it looked a little "too clean and simple", so I decided to splatter it up using a mix of perfect pearls and water, and then I also scattered some clear Fairy Drops from Memory Box. Here's the end product. What do you think?
Before I go, I wanted to list out a couple of tips (rather, a "What not to do"-list):
- Do not use thin card stock when you're trying to build wells. The fatter the better. (Just like with cats)
- Do not use card stock as the base of the wells. Instead - use acetate! No "warpage" whatsoever! (I made another card using acetate, I'll post it soon, but it was a dream when it came to preventing the warping, and had a cooler effect too!)
- Do not use glossy accents sparingly. When they dry, they condense quite a lot so, if you like a domed look, or you want the level of the glossy accents to be high, be generous with it.
- Do not try to fill the entire thing with Glossy Accents first, and then do the mixing later. Depending on how much you use, it can dry pretty fast, especially if you're in extra-hot Southern California like me. So, instead, do one section at a time.
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